Mesothelioma in a Connecticut Friction Plant: The Need for Transparency and Exposure Information in Attribution of Risk

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Mesothelioma in a Connecticut Friction Plant: The Need for Transparency and Exposure Information in Attribution of Risk

  1. M. Jane Teta

+ Author Affiliations

  1. Exponent Inc 420 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10170 USA
  1. E-mail: jteta@exponent.com
  • Received September 20, 2010.
  • Accepted January 24, 2011.

Several investigators, including myself and my colleagues, have addressed the issue of mesothelioma among employees of the Raybestos Manhattan friction products plant in Connecticut (CT) that, according to McDonald et al. (1984), mainly used chrysotile asbestos. Anthophyllite was used starting in 1957, and a small volume of crocidolite was used between 1964 and 1972 ( McDonald et al., 1984).

Our investigation was a mesothelioma case–control study based on incidence data through 1977 from the CT tumor registry ( Teta et al., 1983). We identified three mesothelioma cases, two female clerical workers in the friction plant and one male who worked in a parent asbestos textile plant. McDonald et al. (1984) published a cohort mortality study of male workers at this plant that did not identify any mesothelioma deaths based on death certificates, also through 1977 ( McDonald et al., 1984, 1986). The male mesothelioma case identified by Teta et al. (1983) did not meet the inclusion criteria for the McDonald et al. (1984) cohort study, and the two female workers, both of whom were in the cohort, were not certified at death as having malignant mesothelioma ( McDonald, 1986; Teta et al., 1986). Almost 20 years later, Egilman and Billings (2005), in a case series report, cite six cases of mesothelioma at this plant based on information from lawsuits. This case series was recently updated by Finkelstein and Meisenkothen (2010).

The current case series by Finkelstein and Meisenkothen (2010) reports six workers from …

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